Seattle Mariners blogger and NWSB Insider Jordin Ereth tells us today Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik made a huge splash in the MLB off-season by signing the Yankee great Robinson Cano to a enormous contract of 10-years, $240 million. This week at the MLB Winter meetings Jack Z signed Logan Morrison, and Corey Hart to contracts. The Seattle Mariners’ season is something to look forward to. And not in a rebuilding way. But keep an eye out, because there are many more moves to be made.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott weighs in today on the work Mariners Jack GM Jack Zduriencik and Robinson Cano’s agent Jay Z were finishing up last night. Details on a block buster deal for Cano to play in the Emerald City are reportedly done. Contradictory reports started to surface discrediting the NY Daily News story and just like that the deal was done; 10 years & $240 million dollars. Oh what a night!
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Brian Scott weighs in today on the Willie Bloomquist signing. Brian is scratching his head at this move? What the heck Jack Zduriencik? Willie Bloomquist is a great type of player to have on your roster. Any baseball fan should know that you need that super-sub guy. He’s that guy that can play virtually any position to give your regular guys a day off here and there.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners Blogger Brian Scott gives us his M’s player of the week. Michael Saunders. The Condor wins the prize this week. Brian says Saunders has that unique ability in the outfield to make the difficult plays look routine and the routine plays like he’s having a nap out there. It’s worth nothing that Saunders has committed just one error all year as a result. Over the past week Saunders has hit an impressive .364 (8 for 22) and also taken a walk 4 times.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the Seattle Mariners activating Michael Morse from the DL and designating Jason Bay for assignment. Obviously this is a situation not many people wanted to see happen this year. Signing the northwesterner to a one-year deal with a base salary of $1 million, Seattle’s front office had hoped Bay would once again find his All-Star swing after a few down seasons with the New York Mets.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell brings us a brief overview on the Mariners 2013 MLB Draft selections. From pick 1 to pick 10, Clinton gives us an inside look at what these players did prior to draft day, where they may play for the rest of this season, and what the M’s plan on doing with them, as there are a couple who will be switching positions once they receive their assignments. The top 10 look pretty solid, lots of power and a few nice looking pitchers as well.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Andrew Deutschmann weighs in today on the blown call heard around the world from Saturday night in the Mariners/Rangers ball game. He’s umpired for the White Rock South Surrey Baseball Association in BC for close to six years and while that doesn’t hold a candle to the MLB, he can do us a favor and shed a little light on what the umpire saw on this botched play and what his responsibilities were.
NWSB insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jon Irwin reports on the news that Felix Hernandez is set to sign a seven-year, $175 million contract. The record setting deal is the highest ever awarded to a pitcher, and will keep King Felix a Mariner through the 2019 season.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on the re-signing of OF Raul Ibanez. Danny, like a lot of other people, is scratching his head at the reason the Mariners brought back the aging OF. The youth movement is alive and well in Seattle, and should be given the chance to play. Danny gives us his “best case” scenarios of the move for the upcoming season.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson reports on what he believes are prudent questions following the trade between the Angels and the M’s for Jason Vargas & Kendrys Morales. Danny wonders whats up with Justin Smoak now. The reason that Kendrys Morales was an available trade option was due the fact that the Angels had too many first base options. Do the M’s now too?
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners editor “Q” has the privilege of reporting on another MLB moment in time. Felix Hernandez (The King) Pitched nine perfect innings today at Safeco Field in Seattle vs. the Tampa Bay Rays to record the gem. Just this week we said he had an outside chance at the 2012 AL Cy Young award, now he has to be front and center in the conversation doesn’t he? The Mariners won the game 1-0.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Q brings us the video today from last nights Mariners vs. Rays game where Eric Thames delivered his first walk-off hit in his career. M’s catcher John Jaso gave him the shaving cream pie during our live interview. “MY Mouth was OPEN!” Will go down as one of the best Mariners quotes ever.